A single vineyard varietal Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo, more-or-less). The fruit is destemmed, fermented in old wood, racked for the first 8 days of extraction and aeration. The wine is aged in used barriques for 20 months. Grown in alluvial sands. The name 'Cabe̤o Vermelho' means 'top red', referring to the ferrous alluvium in the surface layer of this vineyard's soil.
Varietal as heck, the nose leads off with briar and cola in a dark, scrubby register... the briar is both the wiry herb you would imagine, but also a 'briar'...and old, well-used tobacco cob (pipe). Darkly earthly, with sweet, soft alluvium underneath, the nose is open, inviting, and has a good energy - no slumping density. Crystalline minerals rim around the palate finishing gently earthen and lightly spiced. The tannin is ripely vegetal and savoury, both structuring and presenting the fruit. It's Tinta Roriz, for sure; it's absolutely Douro, and utterly Mẹo. It's cool.